CHANGING OUR STRUCTURE,
FOCUSED ON OUR COMBINED FUTURE
We are excited to announce the next step in the evolution of the College, one that will be paramount to positioning the College for success into the future.
OUR VISION AND STRATEGIC PLAN
OUR STRATEGIC FOCUS
A new Strategic Plan was created in 2016, which has established a clear direction to achieve a sustainable future for the College. This Plan has led us to continue investing in the highest level of service delivery and professional development opportunities for our Members and the profession.
|STRATEGIC GOALS||Complete||In Progress||Planned|
1. Deliver high quality education and professional development events
|Conferences and education evenings across the country||✔|
|Development of new skills / simulation workshops||✔|
|Live streaming of events||✔|
2. Develop and deliver innovative online learning content
|100 Online learning workshops available||✔|
|Development of specific online content||✔|
3. Enhance member experience and engagement
|New College website, online learning workshops, variety of education events||✔|
|Establish Member Committees||✔|
|Member blogs and groups||✔|
|Full Learning Management System||✔|
4. Increase the influence of the College
|Our existing work with key stakeholders within the profession – CAA, Ambulance Services, Ministers||✔|
|Establish Paramedic Profession Committee to take a lead on profession||✔|
5. Enhance the profession through education and research
|Our current education activities||✔|
|Education Scholarship and Research Grant program||✔|
|Establish Education and Research Committees||✔|
The Board is proposing a number of changes to the College Constitution to adjust the structure of the Board, make our objects more relevant and update our membership classes.
6.1 Promote excellence in healthcare, and cultivate and encourage high principles of practice, ethics and professional integrity in relation to practice, education, assessment, training and research in Paramedicine.
6.2 Provide leadership, representation and advocacy on behalf of Members, to advance the practice of Paramedicine and any related issues.
6.3 Provide an informed voice to governments on issues of health policy analysis, development and reform, and provide opportunities for paramedics to be actively engaged in contributing to the health policy debate, by creating networking opportunities to advance Paramedicine within the wider health care system.
6.4 Support the undertaking of education, and continuing professional development by Members to meet their responsibilities to patients, the profession and the community.
6.5 Foster, develop and where appropriate provide education and continuing professional development programs to meet the specific needs of Members of the paramedic profession.
6.6 Work with governments and other relevant organisations to achieve the provision of adequate, qualified, experienced and capable paramedic workforces in Australia and New Zealand and to improve public health services.
6.7 Actively support, in co-operation with government, regulators and other interested parties, the national registration of paramedics.
7.3 Board of Directors
7.3.1 There shall be a Board of Directors of the College that shall have general control and supervision over the affairs and activities of the College, subject to the Constitution and the requirements of the Rules.
7.3.2 The College seeks to have Directors with an appropriate range of skills, knowledge, experience, independence and diversity, and an understanding of and competence to deal with current and emerging issues of the College. The Nomination Committee shall provide advice and guidance to the Board and Members in determining the most suitable persons to stand for election or be appointed to the Board.
7.3.3 The Board shall be comprised of no fewer than three (3) and no more than eight (8) Directors.
7.3.4 The Board shall include no fewer than three (3) and up to six (6) Elected Directors, of whom up to three (3) shall be Member Elected Directors, and up to three (3) shall be Non-Member Elected Directors.
7.3.5 Elected Directors shall be elected in accordance with the process set out in the Rules.
- 22.214.171.124 Each Elected Director shall be elected to the Board for a term of three (3) years, with the exception of Directors elected to fill casual vacancies, and subject to anything contrary contained in the Rules.
- 126.96.36.199 The process of election of Elected Directors shall be set out in the Rules.
- 188.8.131.52 In the event of an Elected Director vacating office mid-term, the casual vacancy may be filled by Board appointment with input from the Nomination Committee until the next annual general meeting, at which point, if time remains in the term, the casual vacancy shall be filled by election at the next annual general meeting, for the remainder of the original three (3) year term, if any.
- 184.108.40.206 A person who is appointed to the Board pursuant to clause 220.127.116.11 to fill a Member Elected Director position must be a Member.
- 18.104.22.168 There shall be no limit to the number of consecutive terms an Elected Director shall serve, providing the Director is elected in accordance with the provisions of this constitution.
7.3.6 The Board may appoint up to two Board Appointed Directors in addition to the Elected Directors. Board Appointed Directors will be appointed for strategic and skill purposes to help achieve the outcomes of the College.
- 22.214.171.124 Each Board Appointed Director shall be appointed to the Board for a term of one (1) year, and can serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms. The Board does not have to fill vacant Board Appointed Director positions if a casual vacancy occurs.
- 126.96.36.199 Board Appointed Director(s) may, but are not required to, be Members of the College.
7.3.7 A Director is entitled to attend and speak at general meetings even if he or she is not a Member.
7.5 Standing and Other Committees
7.5.1 The Board may form and delegate any of its powers to a Committee consisting of such Directors and/or other persons as it thinks fit and may from time to time revoke such delegation, as set out in the Rules.
7.5.2 Nomination Committee
- 188.8.131.52 The Board shall appoint a Nomination Committee to identify candidates with appropriate skills, knowledge, experience, independence and expertise to fill any Board vacancies. The Nomination Committee shall provide advice and guidance to the Board and Members in determining the most suitable persons to stand for election or be appointed to the Board.
- 184.108.40.206 The composition and operation of the Nomination Committee will be determined by the Board and detailed in the Rules and any Nominations Committee charter made by the Board.
7.5.3 Audit and Risk Committee
- 220.127.116.11 The Board shall appoint an Audit and Risk Committee to review and provide guidance on the College’s governance, risk management and financial performance.
- 18.104.22.168 The composition and operation of the Audit and Risk Committee will be determined by the Board and detailed in the Rules and any Audit and Risk Committee charter made by the Board.
7.5.4 The Board may from time to time appoint other Committees for general or special purposes in accordance with the Rules.
9.2 Member Classes
9.2.1 General Membership class
- 22.214.171.124 In addition to any General Membership criteria set out in the Rules, General Members must meet the requirements of registration as Paramedics if they reside in a jurisdiction where registration as a Paramedic is required in order to practise. Where registration of Paramedics is not required in that jurisdiction in order to practise, General Membership requirements for applicants from that jurisdiction will be determined by the Board and will as far as practicable be similar to that of other jurisdictions. Other registered health professionals may be accepted from time to time if provided for in the Rules, provided they are directly linked to the delivery of Paramedicine.
- 126.96.36.199 The Rules shall provide a mechanism for elevation of General Members to that of Fellow, and/or Life Member, as a Member Recognition Level, for significant contribution.
- 188.8.131.52 A General Member who is recognised as a Fellow and/or Life Member of the College shall continue to have the rights of a General Member.
- 184.108.40.206 The General Membership class carries all rights of Membership, provided that Members in that class have not had rights suspended under clause 8.3.1.
9.2.2 Associate Membership class
- 220.127.116.11 In addition to any Associate Membership criteria set out in the Rules, Associate Membership is available to persons who wish to support and be involved with the College, and who do not meet the General Membership requirements.
- 18.104.22.168 Associate Members may be designated by the Board as Student or Retired Members but shall continue to be in the Associate Membership class. The criteria and rights of Student Members and Retired Members shall be set out in the Rules.
- 22.214.171.124 The Rules shall provide a mechanism for elevation of Associate Members to that of Honorary Fellow and/or Honorary Life Member, as a Member Recognition Level, for significant contribution. An Associate Member who is recognised as an Honorary Fellow and/or Honorary Life Member shall continue to have the rights of an Associate Member. Neither Honorary Fellowship nor Honorary Life Membership shall be considered a separate Membership class.
- 126.96.36.199 The Associate Membership class carries all rights of Membership with the exception of standing for election to the board, and voting at general meetings, provided that Members in that class have not had rights suspended under clause 8.3.1.
9.2.3 Other designations and conditions of Membership shall be prescribed by the Board from time to time in the Rules.